Date
19 February 2019

Support self-management using recommended approaches

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting communication, social interaction, thinking, and positive behaviour’

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Support time management

Support time management

Introduce tools such as visual timers to reduce the surprise end of an activity or to pre-empt a transition.

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Use visual timetables

Use visual timetables

Visual timetables support spoken instructions, provide a reference point for “what next”, and show changes in the routine.

Support organisation and processing

Support organisation and processing

Practical approaches to support student’s organisation and processing.
  • Specifically teach how to use graphic organisers and flow charts to support breaking tasks into chunks, planning, and thinking in all curriculum areas.
  • Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships using visuals, mindmaps, 3D manipulatives, outlines, flowcharts, and real objects.
  • Give students multiple opportunities to engage with new ideas in multiple contexts.
  • Allow time for students to process and think before responding in a discussion.

Support self management

Support self management

Create a predictable environment supported with visuals.

Teach and model how to use planning and scheduling tools effectively.

  • Make visual exemplars of a process or how to complete a task.
  • Label key areas of the classroom and resources with visual and text labels.
  • Use charts, visual calendars, colour-coded schedules, visible timers, and visual cues to increase the predictability of regular activities, transitions between environments and activities, and changes in discussion topics.
  • Make graphic organisers and flowcharts available to support breaking tasks into chunks, and thinking and planning in all curriculum areas.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Popplet

Publisher: Notion

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Graphic organizers

Publisher: For The Teachers

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Time Timer®

Publisher: Time Timer

Price: One off charge NZ$2.99

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Next steps

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